Young mum ‘killed herself and two young kids over fears of corrupt world’

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A mum killed herself with a cocktail of drugs including morphine and her two young daughters with an overdose of "massive amounts of methadone" because she was convinced she'd "brought them into a corrupt world", an inquest has heard.

Tiffany Stevens, 27, was found dead next to her children Casey-Lea Taylor, three, and 18-month-old Darcey Stevens in January 2019.

Bolton Coroners Court today heard the youngsters had drunk 'massive amounts' of methadone – a powerful heroin and opioid substitute.

Tragic Tiffany had a fatal level of morphine in her system, the inquest heard. She had injected herself with a number of different drugs, none of which had been prescribed to her.

In a suicide note, found at her terraced house in Bolton, Lancs., she wrote: "I have chosen to kill us in my children's best interests."

The inquest heard relatives became concerned that they had been unable to contact her for a week and so entered the house through a back door.

In a statement, paramedic Kirsty Ogden told how she found Tiffany and Casey-Lea lying on a mattress on the living room floor underneath a duvet. Both were dead.

Little Darcey was found in a buggy by the front door. She was also dead.

Home Office pathologist Dr Phillip Lumb told the court that family had probably been dead for about a week.

Toxicology tests showed that Darcey died from an amount of methadone enough to prove fatal to an adult, while Casey-Lea died from drug toxicity.

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In response to a question from Tiffany's mum, Bobby-Jo Stevens, Dr Lumb stated the drugs Ms Stevens and the girls had taken would have rendered them unconscious before death.

He said: "I don't think there would be any pain or suffering."

The family were found at their house in Arthur Street, Bolton, on January 21, 2019.

The inquest continues.

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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